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Sunday, December 29, 2013

outing without my own typewriter

Today we went up to Seattle (because we know where we can park free along a bike trail) and had a nice ride.

At the locks we saw a few birds.

heron nests


Then across the Fremont bridge, we found the Saturday market, and sure enough there was a typewriter poet operating.  I didn't get a chance to chat, he had a line of customers.

Note the patch on his shoulder.  The shirt in the foreground was for sale in the booth next door.

Monday, December 23, 2013

outing and my stapler.

Ribbon needs replacement.

And to cap things off, here is my entry in the stapler fixation meme.
It's called a Presto Deluxe from the 50's I think. It takes an odd-size refill, of which it has only a few left.  I have seen them on ebay, however, should I become desperate.  Silly me - had I but known I could have photographed the flotilla of staplers we had at work after our office remodel.  We each had our own, plus there were five strays, of varying sizes.  Most are gone now, borrowed by visitors I think.  It was funny while it lasted.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

blast from the past

I got an email that I had a balance on from sales of a stamp I made up for typewriter month in 2011.

Despite the thousands of positive reviews (?!?), my royalties don't even amount to enough to cut a check (or even buy a coffee).

So I'll take this as a reminder that Typewriter month is fast approaching and perhaps even make a new one.

Friday, December 20, 2013


I found a box of my books downstairs.  I'm already reading "The Man With the Golden Gun" from the Bond collection that I picked up at thrift stores in the 80s. That one had a Goodwill tag on it for nineteen cents.
Next I'll probably open that Shell Scott, they were pretty amusing as I recall. Very over-the-top.

As you can see I have a lot of Fred Hoyle as well.  Hard Sci-fi.
I also found a bunch of Robert Anton Wilson.  I wonder how I'll respond to him on rereading.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Tales from the Script

This is the Script-keeper, welcome to my Sriptorium.  Mu-ha-ha-ha.
As it turns out, the clerk gave me a flat rate of $5 rather than selling it by weight.  They used to be about $7.
A17 152605 (second character not particularly readable, I'm guessing)
non-magical margins

Here's the Safari I had already.  I will keep this and sell the Aristocrat.
5A6 306030

Magic Margins, and note the difference in the paper handling in front of the platen.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

underwood 18

While I had it out, I made a type sample and added a gallery to the typewriter database.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Machine language

NO, not that .  Just talking about the typewriters I'm using for NaNo.
Most-used have been:
Olivetti Studio 45
Hermes 3000
Hermes Media until shifting got tiresome - 99% OCR!
Olympia SG-1
and today, Woodstock 5 - surprisingly llight carriage shift.
also used:
Everest K2 carriage shift hurting my hand, otherwise I love it
Underwood 319
Lettera 32 (script, brought to write in by mistake)
Studio 44, needs new ribbon
SM9 needs ribbon
Royal Aristocrat mushy margins (the magic has gone)
Remington Deluxe Model 5 gets stuck at center of line
Triumph DeJur heavy feel
Remington Noiseless fun to use but OCR is not up to needs.

here's the Woodstock

and here's a comparison from the Noiseless & the Woodstock, similar numbers of words, about 300 each.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Another great write-in

Went to a well-attended write-in at the Sumner branch of the Pierce County Library.  We had fifteen participants, and I got a lot done. 

Yesterday and today were Hermes days.  I used the 3000 a lot of yesterday and then the Media (Pica) scanned so nearly perfectly that I kept using it today.

There is another table over to the right, and a hand-writer joined me at the Rustic table (no outlet)

 On the way home I paused at the River Road Goodwill, and found something of minor interest to Ton and Ted:

I'll stick with my LOGOS, thank you. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Everyone was very welcoming of the typewriter guy at tonight's write-in at a local caffeine hole.

Monday, November 4, 2013

typewriter brigade - activate

I'm busy with NaNoWriMo so posting will be sporadic.  Meanwhile since I have to scan my typescripts anyway I'm posting them on a sister blog,

And yes, it's as bad as you expect.  I may turn commenting off if it gets ugly.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Can't post - busy

There were about 20-odd novelists at King's Books in Tacoma yesterday.  only one typewriter, but perhaps a quarter were hand-writing.
In case you don't recognize it, this is the 1947 QDL from the clickthing collection.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

camera talk

Thanks, Ted, for the title idea.

samples from my first roll - 53 on a 24 exp roll!
and a couple of logos unrelated to the above topic:

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

writing letters

No, don't get your hopes up, I'm not catching up on all the typosphere correspondence.  I've just written a thank-you note and when I looked up how to do it, I ran across the following in one of my etiquette books:

Hey, around the same time as my Remington Portable!  But I used the Lettera 32 script for the letter and the Studio 44 for the envelope.

Friday, October 25, 2013


Where that light is glowing leads to the bathroom

In the background is a huge shower

suitable for entertaining

crosswalk to a hedge?

Jackrabbits were busy in the morning
drowning risk appears to be largely a matter of timing

Mockingbird had a nice song


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